I would rather meet Kenyans in the market place than debate with Raila-Uhuru

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– Uhuru will after all not attend the much hyped presidential debate, TUKO.co.ke has confirmed

– His Deputy Willima Ruto will also skip the running mates debate taking place on Monday July 17

– NASA has attacked Uhuru for failing to show up for the debate

The presidential debate is nigh but seem to have been thrown in a spin with news that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not be available.

The debate organised by media owners in Kenya will pit seven presidential candidates including NASA’s Raila Odinga who has said he is ready to take part.

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This was after days of uncertainty after he pulled out of the debate claiming he did not agree with the format.

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Uhuru has confirmed that he will not attend the debate on July 24 and instead, will be out campaigning.

According to a tweet by Director of Digital Communication in State House Dennis Itumbi, Uhuru would rather hold face to face meetings with the hoi polloi that debate on live TV.

“@PresidentKE @UKenyatta will not attend the debate on 24th. He will be engaging the people of Kenya directly at their homes and markets,” said Itumbi.

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Deputy President William Ruto has also declined to engage in the running mates’ debate which takes place on Monday June 17.

Ruto instead said he would send Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa to represent him in the discourse.

The MP also confirmed he would be going to debate on behalf of Ruto.

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“Confirmed. I am very ready on behalf of my Party to face off with Kalonzo Musyoka or any of the NASA principals on behalf of the Deputy President who is engaged in the campaigns at the Coast”, said Kimani.

The MP said he felt “energised to play my civic responsibility” and to expose NASA’s “lack of substance and vision” for the country.

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